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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 08:06:36 PM
If you're getting the major channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW) then the only thing that Huluplus would give you access to that you might not already have is a crap load of BBC shows.  They've also got some original programming, but nothing jumps out at me so far.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AC/DC Calling it Quits. on: April 18, 2014, 07:42:01 PM
Brian Johnson is Scottish, so you weren't completely off course.   icon_wink
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 18, 2014, 07:18:49 PM
I have to admit, I don't miss cable television one bit now.  It's been a little over a month (almost 2, actually) and the only thing that's really changed is that I now watch shows the day AFTER cable subscribers.  To me, that's a non-issue.  

Hulu Plus has been fantastic.  I can't recommend it enough for the majority of the shows that air on the bigger channels.  Netflix and Amazon Prime gives me my movie fix and my tv show binge watching for things I didn't catch the first time around.  Plex picks up some of the slack with a CBS channel that gives me access (in high def, no less) to pretty much everything CBS airs (CBS doesn't like hulu it seems and refused to join forces with them).  My Roku has a History Channel app that gives me The Vikings (again, in high def).  

The only things I'm missing are the shows from AMC and FX.  But I'm buying episodes of Mad Men from Amazon for 2.99 a pop for HD.  Add in The Walking Dead, Justified and Sons of Anarchy when they come back and it's still nothing compared to the 100 dollars a month I'm saving.  

I have no desire to go back to cable television and I can't recommend it enough for those who want to cut the cord.  It's NOT difficult to do in any way, shape or form.  A roku or something similar and broadband internet and you're set to go.

edit:  oh, as for the Vudu stuff.  That's actually a separate issue for me.  I'm trying to reduce the amount of hard media I have.  I'd love to get everything I watch via streaming.  Right now I have shelves and shelves of blu rays and dvd's.  My goal is to just have the essentials on blu ray and everything else available through Vudu or Amazon Instant Video.  Vudu is not a subscription service, by the way.  It's simply an online streaming rental/purchase site.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 17, 2014, 02:25:49 PM
I've come to a point where 3D has become more of a deterrent for me when choosing a showtime.  It usually costs almost twice the non-3D version and it's so rarely used effectively (at least in my opinion) that I come out of the theater forgetting that I was actually watching a 3D movie. 
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: AC/DC Calling it Quits. on: April 15, 2014, 05:58:47 PM
The band has always seemed to be a group of friends first, a rock band second.  Good on them for having the integrity to just end it with respect instead of greed.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 15, 2014, 05:50:25 PM
Run, don't walk, to your tv set and watch Narco Cultura.  I've been waiting on this one for a while and it doesn't disappoint.

I first heard about narcocorridos after they featured one on an episode of Breaking Bad.  They're Mexican folks songs...but they glorify the lives of violent drug lords and such.  The drug gangs even commission singers to create them and then get them played on some radio stations in Mexico.  It's pretty screwed up. 

Anyway, go watch this documentary.  It's pretty disturbing at times.  But always fascinating.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 15, 2014, 02:12:50 PM
He's great at making you hate him, but in every interview or article I've read featuring the actor, he always comes across as just a really nice kid.  Even his reasons for quitting acting (to become an academic) are down to earth and sensible.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 13, 2014, 10:06:26 PM
You're right, of course.  It's not anyone's place to tell you how to enjoy life.  Mea culpa.

Quote from: Blackjack on April 12, 2014, 06:37:03 PM


And being as probably everybody here spends hundreds of dollars a year on gaming in all forms, please begrudge me

Wait...you DO want people to say you're wrong?   icon_razz
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: April 12, 2014, 06:06:46 PM
Slightly off topic, but after seeing another trailer for the new X-Men film, I just have to say that having the licensing split so that the same damn characters are played by two different actors at the same time is getting annoying. 
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 12, 2014, 06:01:41 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on April 12, 2014, 01:12:04 AM

Quote from: hepcat on April 11, 2014, 07:16:47 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on April 11, 2014, 05:32:37 PM

What I think could happen is that he could have a segment where he does comment on ongoing news in a snarky manner. "And now, a Colbert Report..."

I doubt it, though.  I believe he'll want to put as much distance between the character and himself as possible once the transition occurs.  That or/and the character may be a Comedy Central IP and they'd not allow it.

Well, it doesn't even have to be the character or even that particular name, but the idea of him riffing on politics. Because you just have to figure that he will at some point.

ALL late night talk show hosts do at some point during their monologues.  I don't see how he's going to be any different than Letterman, Leno, Ferguson or Fallon.

Quote from: Caine on April 11, 2014, 09:27:47 PM

good point about the IP aspect.  I was wondering if he'll do something unexpected when the last shows are filmed.  kill his character off somehow.

I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

Seriously, that would be epic. 
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 12, 2014, 05:59:10 PM
5 times???  My god man, why not just see it twice and use the other 30 bucks to buy the blu ray when it comes out?

I think I've seen one movie twice in the theaters in the past 20 years.  Brick, and only because the dialog in that film is so freakin' fantastic I wanted to make sure I caught it all.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 11, 2014, 07:16:47 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on April 11, 2014, 05:32:37 PM

What I think could happen is that he could have a segment where he does comment on ongoing news in a snarky manner. "And now, a Colbert Report..."

I doubt it, though.  I believe he'll want to put as much distance between the character and himself as possible once the transition occurs.  That or/and the character may be a Comedy Central IP and they'd not allow it.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 11, 2014, 02:01:47 PM
I say bring it on.  I'm fairly confident that Colbert can absolutely eviscerate Rush in any battle of wits.  If he deigns to even acknowledge Rush, that is.  I have a feeling that Colbert most likely views him as an irritant and not a real threat by any means.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 11, 2014, 01:20:22 PM

Quote from: kratz on April 10, 2014, 10:20:33 PM

Heh, he's not going to do the faux faux news schtick on a major network late night show...  I actually think this will be good.

I've heard he's actually creating a new personality for his hosting job on Late Night.  It's a stoner named "Dickles" who has a pet ferret and really, really likes Funyuns.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 11, 2014, 01:14:44 PM
Nymphomaniac Vol. I in 3D and IMAX.

"THAT PENIS IS COMING RIGHT AT US!"
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: April 10, 2014, 08:34:00 PM
Did Scarlett Johansson spend the entire movie looking like she'd lost a battle with a can of spray tan, or is it just me.  She looked oddly orange throughout the entire film.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 10, 2014, 06:14:06 PM
I doubt he'll do anything but be himself.  It's easy to forget that Colbert is quite good at interviewing people.  Even in the guise of a conservative hack, he could charm the hell out of almost anyone.  Putting them at ease and fostering a genuine conversation was rarely an issue he had with guests.  Just think of what he can accomplish when he drops the schtick and isn't hindered by the limitations of that character.  I doubt he'll lose fans in droves.  If anything, I would expect him to increase his fan base after he drops the character.

It's glossed over quite a bit, but Colbert himself is actually a staunch Catholic who teaches Sunday School.  He's not as two dimensional as those who rail against him on Drudge and other conservative sites believe.  He actually shares some of their conservative views.  Anyone who watches him on Late Night and expects a show that incorporates political satire that lampoons the right is most likely going to be sorely disappointed.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Colbert to replace Letterman on: April 10, 2014, 05:39:38 PM
I'm with Lee.  I highly, highly doubt that he'll be bringing that schtick with him.  That was a character he played on a political comedy show.  The real Stephen Colbert is an extraordinarily talented comedy writer and a very, very witty comedian.

I believe he'll be fantastic at it.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: April 10, 2014, 02:44:26 PM
Was that a "thing" on that show?  I watched the first few seasons but didn't keep up with it (although I did watch the finale).  The number of characters on that show I DIDN'T want to see die in a fiery car explosion was exactly 1...NPH.

I just assumed it was a Three Stooges reference myself.  But no matter the origin, it was just so freakin' unexpected that it had me laughing my ass off.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [FX Cartoon] Archer on: April 10, 2014, 02:25:51 PM
Okay, the face slapping scenes in the last episode?  Where did THAT come from...and please make it a regular occurrence.  I was on the floor laughing at each of them.   icon_lol
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Z Nation on: April 10, 2014, 02:22:08 PM
I don't think SyFy is the word that makes people more wary...it's the name Asylum.  I'm assuming they'll figure out a way to shoehorn Traci Lords, Lorenzo Lamas and Casper Van Diem into this series? 
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 10, 2014, 01:25:59 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 10, 2014, 01:11:46 PM

I'm out in the country so my provider choice is either Dish or Direct. What I normally do is ride out the 2 year contract period, then switch back to the other company for their 1 year promo deal. But that gets old.

That was my modus operandi as well...until last month.  When I initially called, I tried to get them to put me BACK on a package deal.  But the sales rep I got was definitely not interested in playing that game.  I probably could have called back repeatedly until I got someone who would, but at that point I was just tired of it all and wanted out.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 10, 2014, 01:03:30 PM
I looked into Aereo on Tuesday but found that it wasn't offering local channels in the Chicago area.   icon_frown

Quote from: Ironrod on April 10, 2014, 01:52:56 AM

For those of you who are cutting the cable, how do you get internet access?

We're talking about cutting cable television (the portion that has increased in cost 3 times more than standard inflation rates) , not dropping cable companies as our ISP's.   I'm with RCN still for my cable modem, but I've cut my bill by two thirds by simply dropping the tv portion of it.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 08:09:17 PM
Yeah, the subscription is something I'm trying to avoid.  I'm going to give a pc tuner a try with Windows Media Center. 
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 07:52:47 PM
It's a franchise of retail stores that has been around for quite a few years.  They specialize in home electronics and mobile telecommunication devices these days.  Their website can be found at www.bestbuy.com.   They trade on NASDAQ as BBY.

They've seen better days but for the impatient they're great.  Also, those who are buying things that are on sale or can't be found at other than MSRP, they can save you a few bucks on shipping.  

In the late 90's they toyed with the idea of having a giant monkey mascot that would shoot flames out his ass whenever someone would tell him how cheap something was that he was looking at while in store.  Unfortunately, the plan was shot down by IBS sufferers who thought it was insensitive.*


*That last part is true insofar as anything I just made up is true.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 07:41:33 PM
I think I may just pick up a USB OTA capable tuner card.  Most of them come with DVR software, it seems.  Then I can just plug in an old external hard drive and stream the shows via Plex.  If that works it would be incredibly easy.  Plex itself took me about 3 minutes to get up and running and it hasn't given me one ounce of trouble since that time.

edit:  looks like Windows 7 comes with the DVR functionality I need too.  I haven't used Media Center in ages so I forgot all about that.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 07:23:19 PM
There's an ESPN.GO app for the Roku that functions just like HBO.GO.  But that means you'll have to keep at least the minimum service from your cable company and add ESPN, most likely. 
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 07:14:40 PM
I need to look into using OTA broadcasts more often.  The only problem is setting aside the time to be there when they air.  I should look for a DVR like option for OTA.  Anyone have anything like that?
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 06:31:47 PM
After getting a cable bill from RCN last month that included commas in the total, I decided I was done.  My "3 year special pricing plan" ended and the rates shot up faster than <insert funny analogy here...my first three attempts ran the risk of perhaps offending a few folks even though I would have meant no harm>.

I've been toying with the idea of cutting the cable ties and going with a streaming solution, so it wasn't a spur of the moment decision entirely. 

First thing I did was pick up a Roku 3 at Best Buy.  When I got home, I hooked it up and was immediately up and running.  This thing is slick, fast and easy to use.  Plus, as it uses the home wifi for remote control, it doesn't require line of sight to the Roku (seriously...this needs to be implemented in EVERYTHING home entertainment center related from now on).

However, I quickly realized that my receiver wasn't Dolby Digital Plus ready and thus I couldn't get the higher quality sound from Netflix or Vudu (I've been slowly moving over to streaming movie purchases for some things the last year or so).

No biggie.  It was time to upgrade my old Kenwood receiver anyway.  A little research and I found a rather inexpensive Yamaha receiver with everything I needed...including 4 HDMI ports.  A quick trip BACK to Best Buy and I had the last one in my greedy little hands.  As a bonus, it was even on clearance and I got it for 199 (down from 250). 

Hooking that up was another breeze as the HDMI plug and play worked flawlessly.

Now I was cooking with gas.

I immediately started adding channels.  I then subscribed to Huluplus.  While it was disappointing to find out HP doesn't really stream the audio in 5.1, I was able to use the Dolby Pro Logic setting on my new receiver to make it sound pretty damn good all the same.

Finally, I added Plex to my Roku and added the CBS app available in the Plex add ons library to get CBS shows. 

The only things I'm missing now are some of the non big 3 channels and the few shows I watch on them.  Justified, Archer and Hannibal (which is actually ON one of the big 3...but is only available via web) are the primary ones.  The last one I found a way to stream via web, but the other two I can just buy off Amazon.  Some of the other shows coming later on those channels I'll just wait until they appear on Amazon Prime Instant Video or Netflix though.

So, 100 bucks a month in savings later and I'm still pretty amazed at how painless this separation process has been.  I see no reason to go back and I really suggest that anyone else that's sick of high cable bills at least try it for a month. 
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]BattleStar Galactica - Reboot part Deux on: April 08, 2014, 06:03:09 PM
Focus on what the fans want and it could work.  

"A loveable robot dog named Boxy struggles to remain upright thanks to a designer who was home schooled by a pair of morons."

31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 4 is coming (please mark spoilers) on: April 08, 2014, 05:58:31 PM
Better keep this chart handy...

32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again on: April 07, 2014, 05:31:53 PM
 icon_lol  Yeah, SCORTUS!

...wait...what?

SCOTURS?
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again on: April 07, 2014, 05:00:49 PM
Depends on what decision they hand down.  Of course, that applies to everyone's opinion.
34  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again on: April 07, 2014, 04:33:55 PM
Every time I see the acronym SCOTUS I think it's the name of a new super villain group in a comic book before I remember its true meaning.  
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Rosemary's Baby - NBC Mini -series on: April 04, 2014, 06:21:58 PM
I think Fargo is just additional stories about this quirky community and as such, is not really meant to be a remake.  I'm fine with that kind of thing if they do it with care.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Rosemary's Baby - NBC Mini -series on: April 04, 2014, 04:29:11 PM
I would've preferred to see "Tyler Perry's Rosemary's Baby" or "Michael Bay's Rosemary's Baby" personally.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 04, 2014, 01:02:43 PM
I'm betting that report originated on April 1st.

Although the more I think about it, the more I would actually be happy if that was the case.  I'm a big fan of Elba and I feel he's a much better actor than Affleck.  I could see him pulling it off. 
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 04, 2014, 02:26:13 AM
It is superb.  Any fan of comics should watch it.  End of story.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Lucy on: April 02, 2014, 07:37:09 PM
I remember fondly the first time I saw The Professional.  I thought, "Now THERE'S a director with style who can make some thoughtful action films." 

...I've since come to realize that while he makes a lot of fun action films, he's never going to be the filmmaker I hoped he would become. 

But that's fine.  Sometimes a fun film is enough.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Lucy on: April 02, 2014, 06:48:11 PM
The imdb synopsis reads like they're a bit jaded when it comes to Besson movies.

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A drug mule accidentally swallows her cargo and finds she now has superpowers.
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